Evaluation of tourism climate comfort in China

Authors: Liangfeng Zhang*, East China Normal University, Shan Li, East China Normal University
Topics: China, Tourism Geography, Climatology and Meteorology
Keywords: climate comfort,specialized model,climate tourism index,mainland China
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 3:05 PM / 4:45 PM
Room: Congressional A, Omni, West
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Comfortable and safe weather conditions are essential prerequisites for the development of tourism. Climate comfort assessment for tourism activities is conducive to the full use of climate resources and ease the seasonal pressure of local tourist destinations. By far, most of the climate comfort evaluations for tourism destinations in China use the general model, and the application of the specialized model is less. However, tourism activities have their own particularities, mostly carried out outdoors, and more weather factors need to be considered than everyday activities. This paper sorts out the existing evaluation models of tourism climate comfort and focuses on comparing the specialized models. The latest Holiday Climate Index is used to analyze the tourism climate comfort of mainland China in the past 50 years. The results show that the direct utilization of Holiday Climate Index is biased. Because Holiday Climate Index weakens the impact of thermal comfort factors on overall comfort, and its grading standards are mainly derived from questionnaires in Europe and the United States. So it is clearly not well suited for China, subsequent research needs to improve its standards. With the development of human physiology and computer science, the evaluation models of tourism climate comfort should be further refined, taking into account the relationship between climate comfort and weather comfort, especially the extreme weather events.

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